Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

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The report investigated key details on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump associates conspired with the Kremlin, as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests", Mueller wrote. He was - in other words, he wanted a smooth landing of the Trump - of the Mueller report.

Although the deputy attorney general and I disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely exclusively on that in making our decision. This is awful. This is the end of my Presidency.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state", the report stated.

Democrats have vowed to fight in court for the disclosure of the additional information from the report and say they have subpoenas ready to go if it is heavily redacted. Sessions didn't do so.

Prior to its public release, Mr Trump declared, with a Game of Thrones themed meme, "Game Over" on the investigation conducted by Robert Mueller.

Mueller cited "some evidence" suggesting Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's controversial calls with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, but evidence was "inconclusive" and could not be used to establish intent to obstruct. He also renewed his calls for an investigation into the origins of the inquiry, saying, "We do have to get to the bottom of these things, I will say".

The redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative report will be delivered to Congress at 11 a.m. ET.

The release represented a moment of closure almost two years in the making and at the same time the starting bell for a new round of partisan warfare.

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Barr will hold a press conference on Thursday morning, where he is expected to discuss the findings of the Mueller Report.

Barr has said he would make himself available to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees next month after the report is released.

Barr emphatically said Thursday that the Republican leader's actions - including his public attacks on Mueller and firing of then Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey - were not legally actionable. "Pre-spinning the Mueller report in Trump's favor", NBC's Ken Dilanian said.

The report stated that President Donald Trump attempted to wrest control of the probe as well as remove Mueller from the investigation, which was done to see if there was any potential obstruction of justice done by the president.

The released report says there's "substantial evidence" that Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who subsequently became a prominent "Resistance" hero, for refusing to publicly say Trump wasn't under investigation.

It will then be made public on the special counsel's website an unspecified amount of time later. One of the questions that stood out to me was this question of obstruction of justice. So they are invested in trying to use obstruction to accomplish what the primary investigation could not: "unseat Trump". And Kimberly Whaley, who was an independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation, also advised Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

The attorney general also said that Russians didn't have the "knowing assistance" of any Americans in their interference in the 2016 campaign. Rather, Mueller said he found evidence "on both sides of the question".